IBM Operational Decision Manager on Cloud delivers new flexibility to expand beyond the standard environments to better align to your development process

IBM United States Software Announcement 218-259
June 12, 2018

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At a glance

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The latest release of IBM® Operation Decision Manager (ODM) on Cloud offers:

  • Greater flexibility
    • Enables you to optionally set up more than three environments to better align to your development process.
    • Allows the Decision Center to work with other instances of ODM on Cloud to provide an easier way to have a secondary instance, if desired.
  • Greater visibility
    • Provides ability to request usage information at regular intervals to track executed decisions and managed artifacts.
  • Currency
    • Incorporates capabilities that were introduced in the on-premises version of IBM ODM V8.9.2.

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ODM on Cloud is a cloud service that helps you capture, automate, and manage rule-based business decisions. It is a business rule automation platform that anyone can work with, from IT to business-line leaders. Users can quickly initiate business rule management projects at lower costs by reducing the need for IT assistance, and hardware and software acquisitions. It can quickly authorize a loan, decide on a promotion, or detect a cross-sell opportunity with high precision and customization. This service allows you to remain up to date and aligned with the changing business objectives of your organization.

ODM on Cloud provides the ability to deploy additional environments to increase your flexibility and better align the portal with your natural development processes.

ODM on Cloud provides:

  • Full-decision management. Captures, manages and automates business policies, practices, and regulations on the cloud. Gain more visibility and control of your business decisions.
  • A lower bar of entry. Eliminates typical inhibitors, such as capital expenditure, hardware availability, and skills for installing and operating a decision management platform.
  • Faster time to value. Provides three preconfigured development, test, and production environments to get you started within 48 hours without IT support.

ODM on Cloud is available exclusively on IBM Cloud™ infrastructure and managed by IBM. It delivers the market-leading Business Rule Management System (BRMS) benefits that are similar to those available in the on-premises IBM ODM Server product.

For existing capabilities and additional ordering options and products that are available with ODM on Cloud, see the Software Announcements that are listed in the Reference information section.

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Key prerequisites

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ODM on Cloud requires an internet connection and a workstation with a browser.

For specific browser requirements, refer to the Technical information section.

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Planned availability date

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June 21, 2018

See the Availability of national languages section for national language availability.

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ODM on Cloud now offers the ability to customize the instance to your development cycles. You can order additional execution environments to add more test environments, such as a user acceptance test environment or additional production environments (a pre-production environment). This enables ODM on Cloud to more closely follow the standard development flow.

Given the architectural changes made to this new release of ODM on Cloud, you can now connect the decision center of one instance of the cloud portal to the execution environment of another. This can reduce redundancy of execution environments in cases where higher availability is required and a choice to have an instance deployed in multiple data centers.

You can request a customized report that shows your monthly usage for decisions and managed artifacts. This report can be used to better manage compliance against entitlement.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Accessibility Compliance Report containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the Product accessibility information website.

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Product positioning

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Decision management enables organizations to automate, optimize and govern repeatable business decisions. Repeatable business decisions can be captured and automated to:

  • Improve your business responsiveness.
  • Minimize compliance risk and streamline workflow processes.

A business rule management system adds agility and real-time decision making to your day-to-day operations, while it enables quick optimization and change management capabilities to keep them up with the pace of your business. These decisions may be fully automated, such as through an online application or a self-service, point-of-sale system, or they may be used to provide decision support to people through a system used at a call center, branch, or store location, or in the back office.

This is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering within the IBM ODM portfolio.

The development, test, and production environments are all incorporated into the solution. It is packaged in a monthly subscription. You choose the ready-for-use solution that suits your needs, so you can get your decision management project up to speed and into production as fast as possible, with a minimum initial investment in capital, hardware, and operational skills.

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Reference information

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For additional information on ODM on Cloud, see Software Announcements:

For information on IBM ODM V8.9, see Software Announcements:

For information on IBM API Connect®, see Software Announcements:

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Availability of national languages

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Description Availability date Language
IBM ODM on Cloud June 21, 2018 Multilingual (Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Dutch, US English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish Portuguese Brazilian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish)

For the current list of languages supported, see the IBM Support website.

Translation information, if available, can be found at the Translation Reports website.

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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5725-W47 Cloud Service IBM ODM on Cloud

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Education support

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Education is a key component to ensuring software success. IBM creates a comprehensive portfolio of education material to help clients successfully deploy IBM software products to their maximum potential. The IBM education team is committed to providing the highest quality education content available to help your organization prosper in today's competitive marketplace.

The IBM education team works closely with IBM product developers and IBM services organizations to ensure that the courses that are offered provide the most current technical and product information. The courses place an emphasis on the advanced knowledge and insight that only these sources can provide. IBM draws from a deep pool of IBM technical experience in the development of our courses, and pass that knowledge on to our students. The courses emphasize hands on labs to develop comprehensive skills in using the product to solve business problems. The education offerings from IBM Training span the spectrum of skill needs, from introductory product overviews to advanced programming and product administration courses.

The delivery of IBM education is provided by IBM Global Training Partners.

For more information about available education offerings, refer to the IBM Training and Skills website.

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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express® website.

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Documentation for ODM on Cloud can be viewed from a web browser with internet access or be downloaded from IBM ODM Knowledge Center.

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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services, contact your Lab Services Sales or Delivery Leader.

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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

ODM on Cloud requires:

  • A workstation that supports one of the web browsers, as listed in the Software requirements section
  • A direct, internet connection

Software requirements

ODM on Cloud requires one of the following supported web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer V11
  • Mozilla Firefox ESR 45
  • Google Chrome 55
  • Microsoft™ Edge 25

Rule Designer support the following operating systems:

  • AIX®
  • Linux®
  • MacOS
  • Windows™ 7
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2012

For a current list of hardware and software requirements, see the IBM Software Product Compatibility Reports website.

Planning information


These offerings are delivered through the internet. There is no physical media.

This offering is available from IBM Marketplace. On IBM Marketplace, you can discover, try, and buy software, hardware, and services from IBM and third-party providers.

Access to ODM on Cloud instances will be provided to each entitled customer.

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Ordering information

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For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner, or go to the Passport Advantage website.

This product is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by authorized IBM Business Partners for Channel Value Rewards.

More information can be found on the IBM Channel Value Rewards website.

To locate IBM Business Partners for Channel Value Rewards in your geography for a specific Channel Value Rewards portfolio, go to the Find a Business Partner page.

Product Group: Hybrid Cloud

Product: IBM ODM on Cloud (5725-W47)

Product Category: Digital Process Automation

Passport Advantage

IBM ODM on Cloud (5725-W47)

Except for the following new part number, the remaining ordering information is unchanged from information that was announced in Software Announcement 216-502, dated December 6, 2016.

Program name/Description Part number
IBM Operational Decision Manager on Cloud Additional Environments Instance per Month D1YGVLL

Charge metric

IBM ODM on Cloud

Definitions of the charge metrics for this cloud service can be found in the following Service Description document:

Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM ODM on Cloud 5725-W47
  • Instance
  • Rules Decisions
  • Managed Decisions Artifacts
  • Engagement

See the Cloud Services terms website to find the listed service description document number that corresponds to the date of this announcement. Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section.

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Terms and conditions

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This product is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

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Additional technical support information for this Cloud Service offering may be found in the IBM Support Handbook, or in service-specific documentation.

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Limited warranty

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Money-back guarantee


Volume orders (IVO)


Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Software Subscription and Support applies


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Other support

Passport Advantage

Variable charges apply


Educational allowance available

Not applicable.

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Order now

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